On the 1st of June, me and 8 other friends set off on my first ever holiday abroad to the gorgeous country of Iceland. The plane journey from Heathrow only took 3 hours which I think was a really good amount of time for a first time flyer, however, both on the fly out and fly in we had delays of almost an hour and half due to technical issues with the plane, which did not help our nerves! We stayed for 10 days and saw so many amazing things, so I'll try and give you a quick run down.
We stayed in an airbnb near the town of Selfoss in the absolute middle of nowhere but the cottage was honestly so gorgeous and super peaceful. Our first stop was the Blue Lagoon on our way from the airport to the cottage. I didn't get a great view of the Lagoon as I didn't actually go in it, but there are areas you can explore without having to pay and you also have a nice view from the tearoom, which sold the best chocolate lava cake I have ever eaten! Our first full day started at the Seljalandsfoss (quite a mouthful) A waterfall where you could walk all the way around it, and although we got rather soggy and climbing over some of the rocks in skinny jeans was a real struggle, it was wonderful to see from all angles. The second waterfall we actually found my accident on the way to a glacier. Skogafoss was a much bigger waterfall and a lot taller, climbing the steps to the top very nearly killed me but it was worth it for the view. One thing I will say about Iceland, nothing is barracaded, you can literally walk anywhere so make sure you wear appropriate footwear ... or a swimming costume! The glacier we visited afterwards was really amazing, and the water was so blue and everything sparkled in the sun and even though we essentially surrounded my ice, it was really really warm. On our way home we took a bit of a detour to see an abandoned plane that had crashed in the 1950's. Now I won't lie, even though this was really cool to see and completely open for you to walk inside and explore, it was about an hours walk each way, which after a long day is not great for your legs (especially if you're as little as me.)
Day two we started off with my activity choice. Caves! We started off with a cave deep under ground which was absolutely pitch black, so i'm afraid I didn't really get any good pictures. This cave is definitely for those who are dressed for occasion, although we all managed to get the end wearing jeans and trainers which I'm pretty impressed about. Raufarholshellir was our second cave and was way more impressive, probably because we could actually see where we were going. There were three large sky lights in the roof which lit out way and big mounds of snow to clamber over which was such great fun. After that we stopped off for lunch at a nearby town and headed off to Kerid, which is a meteor crater. The water here was unbelievably pretty. Getting down to it however was much more interesting as the steps stop at the steepest part and you end up skidding down and hoping for the best.
Our third and alos our last days were spent in the capital city of Rekiyavik. The last day was mainly souvenir shopping, but on the third day we explored Rekiyavik's church which was beautiful and the view from the top showed almost the whole city. The architexture in Iceland is absolutely adorable.
Our next day we did the Golden circle, which started off with Iceland's national park. The walk was really lovely and there so many perfect spots for a picnic, and adorable baby geese too! Next on the list were the Geysir's, which definietly kept you on your toes as you could never be too sure when they were going to go off. We ended it with Gulfoss, which I think is Icelands biggest waterfall. I actually found that it's size almost took away from it, and it wasn't as pretty as the other two we had seen, but I still recommend seeing it.
Our next big trip was to the Gjain waterfalls. This was absolute highlight of the trip and even though it was really difficult (we had to squash 9 of us into 5 seater 4x4) You definitely need to see this, I am going back as many times as I possibly can! The scenery really was like nothing I had ever seen before and it was so calming and peaceful that it just made you feel super happy.
Sorry I've rushed through this, but this post would be enourmous if I took the time needed to describe how amazing this country was, hopefully the pictures do it enough justice.